AVV NewsMatch Donations Climbing – but we still have a way to go – by Jan Wondra

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Donations to Ark Valley voice as part of the NewsMatch Giving Challenge reached $3,300 as of Monday. We are just $700 away from the $4,000 number that unlocks the surprise Democracy grant that will match the first $4,000 in donations to the NewsMatch grant. We are so close!

A rare moment of relaxation with the AVV crew

As our readers have heard, during this NewsMatch donation campaign from November 15 through December 31, our community donation goal is $15,000. If we can reach that goal from within our community, the $15,000 NewsMatch grant will be unlocked through the Institute for Nonprofit News.

We hope that like the readers who have joined, you will make a 100 percent tax-deductible donation to support our efforts.

All donations to AVV go support our working journalists. We attend meetings. We ask tough questions. We investigate matters that some would rather not bring to light. We draw attention to these matters because they are important to the public.

Since our foundation in 2018, our work has made an impact:

  • Over the past year, with Tara Flanagan as our Water Fellow, we’ve reported on the state’s growing water crisis and how the Colorado River Basin is connected to the Arkansas River Valley, and the health of our economy;
  • AVV investigative journalists were the first news outlets to report on the sudden formation and rise of the group known as Chaffee Patriots, and the first in the state to pay attention to these patriot groups, which are associated not only with the more right-wing elements of the Republican Party , but encouraging private armies like the Three Percenters and the Oath Keepers. We continue to monitor extremist activity across the state.
  • As a member of the Colorado News Collaborative and of the Chaffee County Board of Health Forum, Five AVV reporters provided the most comprehensive local coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, attending hundreds of meetings and contributing first to the nationwide COVID Diaries coverage of the state’s pandemic response, then to the ensuing mental health crisis in our On Edge -series;
  • Members of the AVV crew plan story coverage with editor-in-chief Jan Wondra

    AVV Editor-in-chief Jan Wondra conducted the first (and still the only) interview with Dr. Eric Coomer, VP of Dominion Voting Systems, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the damage the “Big Lie” has done to those who fulfill their duty to the Constitution;

  • AVV Senior Reporter Dan Smith covered the ongoing issues with the HRRMC boiler impacting patient health and safety;
  • AVV continued to report on the threats and harassment by investigations of the Office of the Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder during the 2020 and 2022 elections;
  • AVV reporters from Salida, BV and Chaffee covered the ongoing debates over Salida staff housing, explaining in detail the city’s building codes and updates to the county’s land use codes;
  • AVV investigative reporters were the first news organization in Colorado to report on the rise of election integrity groups (funded by My Pillow CEO Mike Lindall) that appear to be intimidating voters and labeling both news organizations and non-Republicans as “communists,” while perpetuating the lie that the election of 2020 were fraudulent.
  • Only this month, AVV is eligible for a democracy scholarship through the Miami Foundation, awarded for our strong news stance on democracy and election coverage.

We do all of this at no cost, while also highlighting arts, entertainment, forest health and fire hazards, tourism and recreation, and local events.

As you feast on Thanksgiving turkey, we hope your gratitude extends to AVV. As readers, you know that our work supports democracy because an informed community is an empowered community. If you’ve been sidelined, we hope you become a contributing member of AVV and take your place in support of our democracy. After all, that’s a job for all of us.

Click this link to learn how you can support AVV – and democracy. Thank you.

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